Monday, October 12, 2009

US lawmakers urged authorities in India's eastern state of Orissa to prosecute perpetrators of violence against Christians, saying the nation's reputation for tolerance was at stake.

In a letter to the state's Chief Minister Navin Patnaik released Friday, the lawmakers voiced concern that many perpetrators of last year's violence were still at large and intimidating their victims.

More than 100 Christian were killed and thousands more left homeless between August and October 2008 following the murder of a revered Hindu holy man, which was blamed on Christians.

While praising recent statements by India's central government, the lawmakers said that local authorities have sometimes turned away victims seeking redress.;_ylt=Ag7o7sQJdDBRtXqvgfHGJpM7Xs8F;_ylu=X3oDMTM2YWlsbHJyBGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDA5MTAwOS91c2luZGlhcmVsaWdpb251bnJlc3RjaHJpc3RpYW4EcG9zAzE5BHNlYwN5bl9wYWdpbmF0ZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA3VzbGF3bWFrZXJzdQ--

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